Using Maps and Gazetteers in Genealogical Research
Presenter: Ted Gostin
When: Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Yorba Linda Community Center
All genealogists want to determine where their families originated and then find those locations on maps, but often they look in the wrong places or on the wrong type of maps. This presentation discusses three ways of finding your ancestral homes: 1) finding the location in gazetteers or similar sources; 2) finding the location on maps of the appropriate scale using the gazetteer information; and 3) searching for a town on maps of appropriate scale if it can’t be found in gazetteers. Map scales and levels of detail are discussed, along with historical border changes and the history of map-making itself. Sources for useful maps and gazetteers are summarized
Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy at several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and was a featured speaker at several conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy. Southern California resources plus naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world.
Join us at our August meeting and program on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7pm at Yorba Linda Community Center.
About the Program
Make Your Own Maps Using Google's My Maps
Place your ancestors on the map and share it with your family. Using the tools provided free in Google’s My Maps, Francie will demonstrate how to create and edit maps illustrating places your family lived, their migration routes, and different generations. Further, she will demonstrate how to add notes, photos, and icons depicting your family’s unique history and will present useful ideas for a variety of your own maps, even for planning a research trip. You can then share these unique maps with family members and continue to add to them in the future. You can use her handout to follow the presentation step-by-step.
About the Speaker
Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory, and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. She frequently stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes. Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new sense of our own place within the world. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and speaks to genealogical societies on topics ranging from Google to geography. Francie is a fourth generation native Californian.